Honor Code

  • 5.1 Code of Ethics.  The University Code of Ethics shall be applicable to all Law School constituencies.
  • 5.2  Indiana Tech Law School Honor Code.  The purpose of the Indiana Tech Law School Honor Code (Honor Code) is to provide advance knowledge of the rules and regulations used in maintaining an environment that supports trust, respect, honesty, civility, free inquiry, creativity, and an open exchange of ideas. Individual rights are best protected by a collective commitment to mutual respect. Every Law School student is responsible for reading and understanding this Honor Code.  This Honor Code is intended to identify the basic rights, responsibilities, and expectations of all students and student groups and to serve as a guide for the overall student experience at the Law School.  A student who accepts admission to Indiana Tech Law School agrees to:
    • 5.2.1     be ethical in his or her participation in the academic community;
    • 5.2.2     take responsibility for what he or she says and does;
    • 5.2.3     behave in a manner that is respectful of the dignity of others, treating others with civility and understanding; and
    • 5.2.4     use University resources and facilities in appropriate ways consistent with their purpose and in accordance with applicable polices.
  • 5.3  Interrelationship Between Code of Ethics and Law School Honor Code.  The Honor Code adopts the Code of Ethics of Indiana Tech and expands upon it.  The Code of Ethics is the moral cornerstone of Indiana Tech Law School.  The Code of Ethics provides the common thread woven through the many aspects of this institution and creates a community of trust and respect affecting fundamentally the relationships of all its members.  The Law School expects all students to act with integrity while displaying the following principles of honesty, accountability, respect, and professionalism in actions, words, and appearance on and off campus.  The purpose of the Honor Code is to develop in the students of the Law School the desire to attain and maintain a high degree of honor and integrity and to strive for excellence in the study and eventual practice of law.
  •  5.4  Purpose.  The Honor Code establishes the rules that govern student conduct with respect to the Law School. The Honor Code works in conjunction with the Code of Ethics of the Law School at large.  The Honor Code places on the student the responsibility for his/her conduct relating to the profession to which they aspire. Finally, this Honor Code establishes the Honor Council, its rules and regulations, and the ethical standards that shall govern all persons involved in the Honor Code system.
  • 5.5  Applicability.  The Law School Honor Code governs the conduct of law students commencing with the date of Orientation to Law School through the date of graduation unless otherwise provided. Admission shall be defined as the time when the student starts law school and is provided with a copy of this Honor Code.  Graduation shall be defined as the posting of the degree to the student’s official University record.  Conduct reported after graduation is not covered in this Honor Code, though it may have taken place prior to the posting of the degree to the student’s record in the Registrar’s Office. However, when a violation of the Honor Code is reported and there is reason to believe that the accused may be close to graduation as herein defined, the Associate Dean shall take steps to postpone the graduation until a final decision on the matter is made. All violations of the Honor Code shall be reported to each bar examiner where a graduate intends to sit for the bar exam.
  • 5.6  Constructive Notice.  Every law student, from the date of Orientation to Commencement, shall be charged with knowledge of all provisions of this Honor Code. To that end, an online copy of this Honor Code shall be made available to every student upon his/her initial registration at the Law School. A hard copy shall also be placed in the Student Organizations’ office as well as the Office of Director of Student Services.  Lack of such placement or failure of a person to obtain this Honor Code does not constitute a defense to a charge or violation of the provisions of this Honor Code. It is also no defense that the accused was ignorant of the provisions of this Honor Code.
  •  5.7 Conduct Subject to Sanctions.  Engaging in any of the conduct below, whether committed on campus, during academic activities or during Law School-sponsored activities off campus, will constitute a violation of the Honor Code and will subject the violating student to sanctions.
    • 5.7.1     Academic Dishonesty.  A student’s submission of written work for academic credit is deemed to certify her or his exclusive authorship without any assistance not specifically authorized by the Professor.  Academic dishonesty is defined as any conduct by which the student creates for him/herself or for others an unfair or false evaluation in connection with any examination or other work for academic credit. Cheating, fabrication and plagiarism are examples of conduct that is academically dishonest.
      • 5.7.1.1        “Cheating” is the unauthorized use of materials in connection with an examination or other work for academic credit, including, but not limited to:
        • 5.7.1.1.1    The use of books, notes, outlines, etc. during an examination where the instructor has not authorized in writing the use of such materials or information;
        • 5.7.1.1.2    Seeking unauthorized materials or information from others in connection with an examination;
        • 5.7.1.1.3    Giving or attempting to give unauthorized assistance to a person in connection with an examination;
        • 5.7.1.1.4    Obtaining or attempting to obtain unauthorized copies of examinations;
        • 5.7.1.1.5    Bringing to an examination, or attempting to use during an examination, unauthorized answers which have been prepared before the examination period;
        • 5.7.1.1.6    Copying or attempting to copy from the work of another student during an examination;
        • 5.7.1.1.7    Submitting for evaluation in a course, part or the whole of a work for which credit has been given previously; and
        • 5.7.1.1.8    Using a cellular telephone or other electronic device to seek assistance or answers during an examination, unless authorized by a Professor.
    • 5.7.1.2        “Fabrication” is the invention, counterfeiting and/or alteration of quotations, data, procedures, experiments, sources or other information for which the student claims authorship in an exercise which he or she submits with the expectation of receiving academic credit.
    • 5.7.1.3        “Plagiarism” is the use of the ideas, words, or work of another without attribution, whether intentional or negligent, when the information provided is not common knowledge, either in content or form, and includes, but is not limited to:
      • 5.7.1.3.1    Quoting from the published or unpublished work of another without appropriate attribution; and
      • 5.7.1.3.2    Paraphrasing or summarizing in one’s own work any portion of the published or unpublished materials of another without attribution
    • 5.7.1.4        “Forgery” is the unauthorized alteration or unauthorized use of any Law School document or record, or any instrument or form of identification.
  • 5.7.2      Misuse of Academic Materials.  The misuse of academic materials includes, but is not limited to, the following:
    • 5.7.2.1        Stealing, damaging, or destroying library or reference materials or computer programs;
    • 5.7.2.2        Stealing, damaging, or destroying another student’s notes or materials, or having such materials in one’s possession without the owner’s permission;
    • 5.7.2.3        Receiving assistance in locating or using sources of information in an assignment when such assistance has been forbidden by the instructor;
    • 5.7.2.4        Illegitimate possession, disposition, or use of examinations or answer keys to examinations;
    • 5.7.2.5        Unauthorized sale or purchase of examinations, papers, or assignments.
  • 5.7.3     Unauthorized Collaborating. Collaborating with another person on an assignment or examination without authorization from the designated professor.
  • 5.7.4     Possessing an Unreleased Examination.  Knowingly obtaining, using, buying, selling or soliciting in whole or in part the contents of an unreleased examination.
  • 5.7.5     Unauthorized Distribution.  Without the express permission of the instructor, the selling, distributing, website posting, or publishing course lecture notes, handouts, readers, recordings, or other information provided by an instructor, or using them for any commercial purpose.
  • 5.7.6     Falsifying Class Attendance.  Falsifying class attendance to misrepresent regular and punctual class class-hour requirements.
  • 5.7.7     Violations Concerning the Library. The following conduct, if committed by a Law School student in the Law Library will subject the student to sanctions under this Honor Code.
    • 5.7.7.1        Damaging, destroying, or concealing any property belonging to or deposited in the law school library;
    • 5.7.7.2        Tampering with, altering, circumventing, or destroying any educational material or resource in a manner that deprives any student of fair access or reasonable use of that material or resource;
    • 5.7.7.3        Removing, defacing, or deliberately keeping from other students library materials that are on reserve for specific courses;
    • 5.7.7.4        Possessing any property belonging to or deposited in the law school library without complying with the prescribed procedures governing the circulation of library materials; or
    • 5.7.7.5        Unreasonably retaining reserved library materials and textbooks past the given return date.
  • 5.7.8     Conduct Reportable to the Bar Examiners.  A violation of any local, state and/or federal law that may result in the requirement to revise or amend the previously submitted National Conference of Bar Examiner’s Character and Fitness Application, Declaration of Intent to Study Law, or any state required disclosure notice to any bar.
    • Examples in some jurisdictions may include:
    • 5.7.8.1        Violation of any federal, state, city or county law, ordinance or regulation.
    • 5.7.8.2        Violation of lawful and authorized rules and regulations for the operation or administration of the Law School’s facilities, student facilities, or other University facilities.
    • 5.7.8.3        Reprimands for misconduct at the Law School or University. All penalties are subject to disclosure to the Board of Law Examiners to the extent so required.
  • 5.7.9     Disruptive Behavior.  Students, faculty, and staff have the right to be free from acts or threats of substantially disruptive behavior and/or physical violence, including intimidation, harassment and/or coercion, which involve or affect the Law School community. Disruptive conduct is an act that, actually does or foreseeably could, substantially impair, interfere with, or obstruct the orderly conduct, processes, and functions of the Law School or the rights of other members of the Law School community. Disruptive conduct includes, but is not limited to:
    • 5.7.9.1        Any act which tampers with the election(s) of any law student organization or group including major violations of the SBA Election Rules;
    • 5.7.9.2        Any act which deliberately interferes with the academic freedom of any member or guest of the University community;
    • 5.7.9.3        A false report of an explosive or incendiary device, which constitutes a threat or bomb scare;
    • 5.7.9.4        Breach of the peace: an individual or collective act that breaches the peace at the Law School and/or at University sponsored/related functions.  Breach of peace may also be acts which aid, abet, or procure another person to breach the peace at the Law School and/or at University sponsored/related functions;
    • 5.7.9.5        Failure to comply with oral or written instruction(s) from duly authorized University officials (i.e. faculty, staff, administration, residence hall staff) acting within the scope of their job duties or law enforcement officers acting in furtherance of the performance of their duties;
    • 5.7.9.6        Hindering or interfering with the Student Honor Code Process by failing to obey and notices to appear for a student conduct meeting or hearing; and/or attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participating in, or use of, the student Honor Code Process;
    • 5.7.9.7        Sabotaging or stealing another person’s assignment, book, paper, notes, project, electronic hardware or software; or
    • 5.7.9.8        Interference with the course of instruction to the detriment of other students.
  • 5.7.10  Harassment and Intimidation.  The University and Law School strive to provide all students with an environment free from any form of harassment because of the student’s race, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national origin, immigration status, or disability. The University will not tolerate harassment or any other discriminatory conduct from students. Such conduct will result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the Law School.
    • 5.7.10.1     Prohibited intimidation and harassment, sexual or otherwise, is unwelcome, on- or off-campus physical conduct or on-campus speech by or toward a member or guest of the University community that is offensive, severe, repeated, or pervasive and does or could substantially interfere with an individual’s work or academic performance or with students’ rights.
  • 5.7.11  Bullying.  The University and Law School strive for a comfortable and respectful learning environment, free of bullying and intimidating behavior. Bullying is a deliberate attempt to make another person feel threatened or have power over them. Bullying includes but is not limited to:
    • 5.7.11.1     Physical contact in an unwanted fashion;
    • 5.7.11.2     Extortion demands of money or task;
    • 5.7.11.3     Slander or spreading gossip; and/or
    • 5.7.11.4     Cyber bullying which includes texts and all social networks.
  • 5.7.12  Retaliation and Malicious Reporting.  The Law School will make every reasonable effort to protect from retaliation individuals who are involved in reporting an Honor Code violation.   Retaliation, whether by an individual, a group of individuals, or an organization, against anyone who makes an inquiry about discrimination, harassment, bullying, or sexual misconduct, or who is involved in a complaint process constitutes a violation of this policy.
    • 5.7.12.1     The malicious reporting of a false complaint of discrimination, harassment, bullying, sexual misconduct, or retaliation is also a violation of this policy. Retaliatory action or malicious reporting will be regarded as a basis for a separate complaint under this policy and the referenced procedures.
  • 5.7.13  Academic Misconduct at Another Institution.  Acts which would be a violation of this Honor Code if committed at the Law School, but which were committed while temporally enrolled at another academic institution.
  • 5.7.14  Theft From or Damage to the Law School Premises.  Theft from or damage of the Law School premises or theft of or damage to property of a member of the law school community.